COMSOL Day Bristol

November 11, 2020 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM GMT

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Bristol for a day of multiphysics modeling training, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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Learn the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. This introductory demonstration will show you the process of transforming models into specialized simulation applications and distributing them with COMSOL Compiler™ and COMSOL Server™, application deployment products.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers
James Hickey, University of Exeter

Using COMSOL Multiphysics® to Help Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanoes are beautiful yet bewildering; their eruptions can provide conditions to support life through fertile soil and other resources, but they also threaten the lives and livelihoods of over 10% of the world’s population. The United Nations have declared recognising eruption precursors and improving eruption forecasting an increasing international priority, a cause highlighted by recent disasters in New Zealand and Indonesia. This talk will explore the ways finite element modelling with COMSOL Multiphysics® is being used to provide information that can be applied during eruption forecasting, and in longer-term volcanic management, to mitigate risk and improve resilience to volcanic eruptions. The presentation will draw on published global examples to highlight how structural mechanical modelling can be used to reproduce observed ground deformation around volcanoes prior to eruptions, and what this means for the subsurface magma plumbing system that is driving the changes in stress and strain. To conclude, the talk will explore possibilities to improve on our current level of understanding with new ideas for future multiphysics models.

Thomas Clayson, First Light Fusion

Machine 3: A new 2.5 MJ Pulsed Power Generator

First Light is working to develop new methods of generating power with fusion, offering a cleaner energy source and removing our dependency on fossil fuels. To achieve the necessary conditions, we have built the largest pulsed power machine in Europe, capable of delivering 14 million amps to a target (the equivalent of over 400 lightning bolts). The COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used by the team to design key aspects of this machine, being used to calculate mechanical stresses, electrical inductance and electromagnetic fields.

Coffee Break

Learn about new features in the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics®, including how they can be incorporated into your multiphysics models.

Break for Lunch
High-Frequency Electromagnetics

Learn about the capabilities of the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module for modeling Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency regime. Use cases include radio waves, microwaves, and terahertz-wave and light propagation.

CAD Import and Geometry

Learn about best practices when importing CAD geometries and meshes for analyses in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The minicourse will introduce tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® for defeaturing and removal of details from CAD geometries, as well as the necessary preparation of CAD geometries before import, including steps to identify and resolve errors originating from the CAD file.

Coffee Break
Acoustics and Vibrations

Get an introduction to the capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling the interactions between acoustic waves and structural vibrations, including techniques for improving both model accuracy and runtime. Plus, learn about advanced postprocessing for acoustic waves.


Learn to use gradient-based and derivative-free optimization techniques to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

Coffee Break
Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer

Get an overview of using the CFD Module for laminar, turbulent, non-Newtonian, and multiphase flows as well as flow in microfluidic devices. We will discuss conjugate heat transfer with the combination of heat transfer in solids and heat transfer in fluids, including thermal radiation effects. These phenomena could also be coupled with structural mechanics, chemical reactions, and particle tracing.


Explore the tools for presenting COMSOL Multiphysics® results, including mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple datasets, as well as animations.

Closing Remarks

Invited Speakers

James Hickey
University of Exeter
James is a geophysical volcanologist at the University of Exeter. His primary research interests are in the processes controlling the dynamics of active and restless volcanoes and the geophysical signals they produce, with an overarching aim of helping to improve eruption forecasting capabilities. To achieve his research goals, he combines numerical models with satellite and ground-based data from active volcanoes.
Thomas Clayson
First Light Fusion
Thomas Clayson is a pulsed power scientist at First Light Fusion, where he develops large pulsed power machines capable of delivering thousands of volts and millions of amps to achieve the conditions necessary for fusion. Thomas completed his PhD at Imperial College London in plasma laboratory astrophysics, conducting experiments on large pulsed power machines and national lab laser facilities.

COMSOL Speakers

James Gaffney
James Gaffney works at COMSOL as an applications engineer for acoustics. He studied acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton, where he also earned his doctorate degree. His research involved predicting the fuselage installation effects from engine fan tones with analytical methods.
Andrew Young
Andrew Young is a technical manager at COMSOL, specializing in heat transfer and fluid flow. He studied mathematics at the University of Strathclyde, where he also earned his EngD in medical devices. His research involved the CFD analysis of patient-specific cardiovascular modeling.
Richard Chippendale
Richard Chippendale is a technical manager at COMSOL UK, specializing in electromagnetics simulations. He earned an Mphys and PhD from the University of Southampton, investigating the interaction of lightning strikes with carbon fiber composites. He was a research fellow at the University of Southampton, focusing on high-voltage cable simulations.

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COMSOL Day Details


Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel
Redcliffe Hill
Bristol BS1 6SQ